The All-Star break didn’t change much in the results column for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook got off to a slow start but turned it around in the second half, messing around for a 17-point, 19-rebound, 17-assist triple-double.
Magic Johnson was in the building to observe the culture and work happening around the team he’s now in charge of developing. He also stopped by the booth to chat with Stu and Bill, providing similar insights as he’s been discussing since the shocking announcement.
D’Angelo Russell had an impressive return to action, dropping a game-high 29 points with six assists, four rebounds and four steals to go with it. Russell had a fairly disastrous night from behind the arc even if the point total doesn’t seem to indicate it, making just three of his 12 attempts.
Nick Young was even worse from deep, making just one of his eight attempts from beyond the arc. Corey Brewer made his Laker debut, playing just four minutes but breaking away for a dunk to score his first points as a Laker. Julius Randle punched in another double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Thunder strolled their new pieces out as well, with Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott both getting some time off the bench in their new uniforms. The loss boiled down to both Andre Roberson and Alex Abrines scoring 19 points, doing a great job of making up for Westbrook’s lack of scoring punch by connecting on their opportunities through the night.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Just another loss in the books for LA, who head home before hosing the Spurs in a matinee game Sunday.